The BUAV is appalled by the lack of progress to reduce animal suffering which calls into question whether there is any serious intention on behalf of the Government to deliver its post-election pledge.
The statistics were announced today by the Home Office in the annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals, Great Britain 2011.
In 2011, over 3.79 million experiments were started on animals, an increase of 2% (+68,100) since 2010 and a massive increase of 160,000 since 1987 (since the implementation of 1986 Act). 68,104 more animals were used in experiments in 2011 than in 2010 and 1,067,628 more than those used in 2000. This figure is totally unacceptable, equivalent to beginning 10,391 experiments every day.
The BUAV Chief Executive Michelle Thew states:
“The Government has so far got away with doing nothing on its post-election pledge to work to reduce the number of animal experiments. Millions of animals continue to suffer and die in our laboratories. This lack of progress is completely unacceptable. We need to see meaningful and lasting changes for animals in laboratories. As a nation of animal lovers, the UK should be leading the way in reducing animal testing. Unfortunately, these latest statistics show that the trend is actually going in the opposite direction.”